Sunday, April 26, 2009

Manmohan Singh escapes shoe attack

Updated at: 2015 PST, Sunday, April 26, 2009

AHMEDABAD: A man hurled a shoe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an election rally in Ahmedabad on Sunday, in what has become a way of mark of protest during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls campaign. Security forces promptly detained the shoe-thrower and took himto Alicebridge police station. According to reports, the incident took place barely three or four minutes into PM’s speech when an urbane looking youth, apparently in his early 20s, sitting in the front row hurled a shoe towards the dais. The shoe, however failed to reach the intended target and fell short by a fair distance. The PM’s security immediately detained the miscreant after wrestling him to the ground. According to reports, the youth identified as Hitesh Chauhan and a student of Computer Engineering, is a resident of the city’s Bapunagar area. In his The PM, meanwhile, forgave the youth and has asked authorities not to lodge any case against him. The PM was in the city to address a rally of select audience, including Congress party workers, intellectuals and business people.

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